Plane carrying Noriega lands in Paris

27th April 2010, Comments 0 comments

The plane carrying Panama's former strongman Manuel Noriega landed in Paris early Tuesday after his extradition from the United States to face money-laundering charges.

The plane touched down at Charles de Gaulle airport north of Paris shortly before 8.00 am (0600 GMT), according to the arrivals board.

France sentenced the former dictator in absentia in 1999 to 10 years in prison but now wants to try him on money-laundering charges.

Noriega, now 74, was toppled and captured in 1989 during the US invasion of Panama ordered by President George Bush senior.

In Florida, he was tried and sentenced to 40 years for drug trafficking and money laundering. That sentence was then reduced to 17 years for good behaviour.

Since completing his sentence in 2007, Noriega has remained in US custody while fighting extradition requests from France.

© 2010 AFP

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